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Draftsperson

Create technical drawings using computer-aided design technology.

What's it like to be a Draftsperson?

A Draftsperson creates technical drawings, mostly used in construction and manufacturing. They often work in conjunction with Architects. Their work aids the construction of buildings, infrastructure and aircraft, among other things. A Draftsperson ususally uses computer-aided design (CAD) principles.

Draftsperson

Tasks and duties

  • Meeting with clients and other construction professionals to understand briefs.
  • Drawing sketches, plans and designs.
  • Estimating material costs.
  • Working to specifications, budgets and timelines.
  • Supervising engineering works.
  • Conducting field and laboratory tests of construction materials and soils.
  • Working within regulations and contract provisions.
  • Supervising repairs and maintenance.

What can I earn as a Draftsperson?

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How to become a Draftsperson


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To work as a Draftsperson in Australia a qualification in drafting or building design is advantageous.

  1. Consider completing a Certificate IV in Engineering Drafting (MEM40412) which will provide you with the skills and knowledge to apply for entry-level drafting roles.
  2. If you’re keen to draw building specifications, consider a Certificate IV in Building Design Drafting (CPP40115). This qualification will prepare you to work as a Drafter under the supervision of a licensed or accredited Architect or Building Designer.

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Latest Draftsperson reviews

Latest reviews from 46 Draftspeople surveyed on SEEK
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May 2021
Design and Architect can be very hard work with long hours. But to be able to draw and solve puzzles with good people is a great way to earn a living. No heavy lifting, fun people and challenging work keeps you engaged. I have no idea what else i would want to do
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Architectural Design
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Residential Home drafting and design
The good things
I like drafting as its a good combination of problem solving and diversity. We deal with multiple clients and major builders so everyone is different and there are alot of challenges. It keeps the wor...
The challenges
The main one is time frames. Everything we do is against the clock. When you get the balance right its fantastic, but often times its frustrating and hard. Builders run on deadlines so if something is...
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May 2021
Drafting is an interesting job but requires a lot of patience to achieve accuracy.
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Civil Engineering (Design)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
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The good things
You encounter a variety. You get to learn new things on daily basis that improves your confidence. Along with the drafting skills you also get to learn a lot about Australian standard and construction...
The challenges
Long hours of being static causing neck and back pain issues.
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